Monthly Archives: May 2011

Biting in to popular culture

“There are such beings as vampires,” Dr. Abraham Van Helsing ominously states, as he stocks up on garlic and crucifixes. He likely buys out every shop in London. The vampire hunter Van Helsing was born of the Irish author Bram … Continue reading

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The magic of the sun’s daily appearance

  Demons and genies and dragons, oh my. Such creatures are the stuff of children’s stories, but they remain with us forever, carried by our imaginations into our adult lives. The warning “Here be dragons” on old maps was updated … Continue reading

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The tragedy of the ‘unsinkable’ ship

The Titanic sank on the night of April 14 to 15, with more 1,500 passengers and crew going down with it. There were not enough lifeboats on the “unsinkable” ship for its size. The year was 1912. That’s 99 years … Continue reading

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The king is dead, long live the king — whoever that turns out to be

Let’s face it, some historians are a bit drab. But take a solid bedrock of history overlaid with a thrilling fictional narrative, and voila! We can feel virtuous about learning about the past while being entertained. Start with 12th century … Continue reading

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I love you, now stop arguing with me and clean your room

  There are books to take you through every part of your child’s life, and some of these books contradict each other. But parenting is about trying out different things, and seeing what works. Because parents have different strengths and … Continue reading

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An English cozy, a horrible earthquake, poems on aging, and a City In The Sky

  More new books, more good reads! Dozens of Large-Print books have been added to Lennoxville Library shelves in the past few weeks. The poor but upper-crust Daisy Dalrymple, daughter of a viscount, has decided to work for a living, … Continue reading

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All green, all the time

This week, Good Reads looks forward to St. Patrick’s Day and (say it very quietly so as not to jinx it) the imminent arrival of spring. Young Becan is a red-headed Irish boy of olden times, banished by his evil … Continue reading

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